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Front row, from left: Dr. Amy Steiner, Renae Von Kaenel, Shiow-Jen Sun, Kristen Rasmussen and John Twernbold. Back row, from left: Rebecca Burnham, Jennifer Ivers, Sara Ibs, Virginia Enfield, Bryce Rasmussen, Maria Bacon, Alyssa Stamm, Dr. Jennifer Runck and Bryan Buzzard. Not pictured: Kristen Huppler and Kirsten Vaage of OMS; Jennifer Stankevitz of OIS; and Kristina… Continue Reading District grants tenure to 19 faculty members

For its service-learning project, the D-ainty I-nvaders, Orono’s grade 3-6 Destination Imagination team, is collecting items to support Crossroads Animal Shelter. Below is a list of items that are being collected. Donations can be brought to Schumann Elementary, Orono Intermediate School, Orono Middle School, Orono High School and Discovery Center through Friday, December 20.

Alex Townsend has been selected to lead the Orono Schools Technology Department as the district’s new Technology Coordinator.  He replaces Penny Pease, who retired in November. Townsend was most recently employed as Digital Resource Coordinator in Eden Prairie Public Schools.  During his three years in that role, his accomplishments included building an online school for… Continue Reading District selects new Technology Coordinator

Orono High School is one of eight Minnesota high schools ranked among the top 500 high schools nationwide in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Of those eight schools, only Orono (#356) and Edina High School (#343) were public schools and/or traditional (noncharter) schools. “In Orono, we pride ourselves on preparing students for success as they… Continue Reading OHS ranks among best STEM schools in U.S. has ranked Orono among the top five school districts in Minnesota. The 2020 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users. Specifically, the ranking is composed of: Academics (50… Continue Reading ranks Orono among state’s best